Master of Arts


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Offered fully online with student services available on USF's Tampa and St. Petersburg campuses

The Master of Arts in Reading Education is a distinctive online program designed to prepare expert literacy educators and effective literacy leaders. Through interactive and engaging online technologies, students will expand their knowledge of global literacies, explore disciplinary literacy practices, develop critical literacies, and advance their digital and media literacy competencies.

Features of the Program

  1. Expanding Knowledge of Global Literacies
    Developing students’ global understanding of literacy as a tool for communication is essential to lifelong learning. We consider multiple perspectives; embrace diversity, equity, and advocacy; and make informed, evidence-based decisions as we engage students in professional learning.

  2. Exploring Disciplinary Literacy Practices 
    Disciplinary literacies and instructional practices are used when reading complex texts. We address the development of academic knowledge and the use of academic vocabulary across disciplines through customized literacy strategies.

  3. Developing Critical Literacy Pedagogies 
    Developing critical literacy pedagogies requires literate consumers and producers. We adopt critical and questioning approaches to reading and composing texts.

  4. Advancing Media Literacy Competencies
    Expertise in literacy leadership is developed in a spiraled approach. We embed media literacy in each course and students develop competencies by applying various tools, engaging in video production and analysis, participating in synchronous and asynchronous facilitation, and using social networking and educational gaming as a learning tool.

  5. Developing Literacy Coaching Skills
    Professional development of coaching skills includes specific content, demonstrations, assignments, and activities that are relevant to school and out of school settings. Course objectives and instructional strategies support the development of leadership excellence in literacy coaching for public, private, and online school systems as well as for educational initiatives in business and industry.

  6. Offering a Completely Online Instructional Experience
    The Literacy Studies faculty are innovative leaders in online instructional practices. We advance students’ knowledge of literacy within the digital age while using adaptable digital pedagogies and embodied literacy learning in online courses.


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